Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Ebony Flame'
Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle is an exciting new Crape Myrtle hybrid that has the darkest black leaves anyone has seen on any Crape Myrtle, or any other shrub or tree for that matter!
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Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle that blooms in early summer with bright red flowers. It forms a small tree, with a dense, full shape. The foliage is a true black that contrasts well with the bright red flowers. It will bloom again in late summer if the first flush of flowers are deadheaded. It has excellent resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew and is perfect to add a shot of summer color in a foundation planting or as an informal hedge. The Crape Myrtle was introduced to the US over 150 years ago from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Each cluster within the Crape Myrtle has hundreds of flowers and each cluster can range from 8” to 16” long. The Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle has a broad and upright growing habit with small alternate leaves that are rounded at the base and are 1” to 2” long. Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle has leaves that are truly black. The Crape myrtle Ebony Flame is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, very drought tolerant and has a good resistance to powdery mildew. Although crape myrtles are a staple in the Southeast United States, plants such as Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle are becoming increasingly common in the Northern areas such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and on Long Island. The eye-catching trees continue to enhance landscapes allowing gardeners everywhere to relish in their pure beauty. Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle features terminal, crepe-papery, 6-14" long inflorescences (panicles) of bright red flowers from mid-summer to early fall. Crape myrtle Ebony Flame has flowers that give way to round seed capsules which often persist well into winter. In the South, Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle can easily be grown as a large woody shrub or trained as a small tree with a maximum size of 12' tall.